Trials of Excellence for Southern Africa II

Funding programme: European & Developing Countries Trials Partnership (N 1051-TESAII EDCTP-RegNet-2015)

Collaboration: Fundaçao Manhiça (FM-CISM)

Budget: €3M

Duration: 3 years (Oct 2017 2020 - Sept 2020)

TESAII was launched in Maputo, Mozambique from 30–31 October 2017. EDCTP is investing almost €3 million in the Mozambique-based consortium, which is coordinated by Dr Eusebio Macete of Manhiça Foundation-Manhiça Health Research Centre (FM-CISM).

The TESA network was established during the first programme of EDCTP with the objective of creating a framework for collaboration, capacity building and training among 9 institutions from 6 different Southern African countries.

In the present project, 13 institutions from 8 different Southern African and 3 European countries came together to strengthen and enhance the capacities for clinical research in Southern Africa built during TESA 1, as well as to increase the collaboration and North-South and South-South networking activities among member institutions.

Besides training programmes designed to ensure career development and retaining research talent and knowledge, African hosting institutions for senior researchers, must have the capacity, the resources and the financial viability to ensure the return of investment in research personnel. Clinical trials and other research studies being conducted at experienced sites will serve as a backbone/platform for training activities. A model of 'on-the-job' training will be implemented. Along these lines, different clinical trials have been identified within the network to be offered as a training opportunity for TESA researchers.